common maggie Pica pica

You can also see this black and white crow-like bird with its long tail in the garden. It is found there all year round.

Eurasian jay Garrulus glandarius

You can see another crow-like bird – the jay – in the garden all year round. Do you know what gives the jay’s feathers that blue tint? It’s not pigment, but the light refracting in the feathers.

great spotted woodpecker Dendrocopos major

A common climber, it nests in tree hollows in the garden. We can tell the male from the female by the red spot on the back of his head; the young have a red crown and neck. It mainly feeds on insect larvae and seeds, as well as fruits in the autumn.

blackcap Sylvia atricapilla

You can see and especially hear blackcaps in the garden from April to October. The male has a black cap on the top of his head; the female and the young have a brown cap. It feeds on insects and berries.

lesser Whitethroat Sylvia curruca

This is a typical garden bird. The males and females have the same colouring. They feed on insects and fly to East Africa for the winter.

chaffinch Fringilla coelebs

It is the same size as a sparrow. The male has a pink belly and a green back; the female is an inconspicuous grey-brown. The male is found here all year round, while the female and her young fly to the Mediterranean for the winter.

European stag beetle Lucanus cervus

You can spot this, one of our largest beetles, in June and July. The adult beetle lives for just a few weeks, but the larva grows in rotting wood and the stumps of deciduous trees for several years.

goldfinch Carduelis carduelis

This beautifully coloured finch-like bird often builds its nest in fruit trees. In winter, it can often be seen in the sycamore trees in the parks of Malá Strana, from where it collects seeds.

common noctule Nyctalus noctula

This species of bat from the colony in Mánes Bridge flies to Vojanovy sady at night to hunt for food. At the end of summer, bats migrating from the north shelter in the hollows of trees during the daytime.

mallard anas Platyrhynchos

The male duck is more colourful than the other duck species, the female duck is a subtle brown coloured. It flies to the garden pond from the Vltava River.


peacock Pavo cristatus

The peacock, originally from India and Sri Lanka, lives in our garden all year round. The male is much more brightly coloured than the female. The male lives with a „harem“ of females. Did you know that a peacock’s tail is not a „real tail“? It is not made up of tail feathers, but upper tail coverts.